Nature’s Wonders Unveiled: The Extraordinary Tale of Twins with a 160,000-1 Genetic Rarity and Colorful Toenail Code!

She lays out three pots of Rimmel 60 Seconds nail varnish in a row — fuchsia, mint green and purple — summons her ever-helpful assistant Faye, aged four, and the two of them make a start.

One by one, Faye holds three sets of pink wriggling toes and coos into three chubby, smiling faces, while Karen very carefully paints three sets of teeny toenails three different colours and gives them a quick squirt with a rapid-drying spray.

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Three's company: Karen and Ian Gilbert's one-year-old identical triplets (from left): Ffion, Maddison and Paige

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Three’s company: Karen and Ian Gilbert’s one-year-old identical triplets (from left): Ffion, Maddison and Paige

And then everyone can relax. Because for another couple of days, Karen, 33, husband Ian, 35, and Faye can tell apart the one-year-old identical triplets Ffion (fuchsia), Maddison (mint green) and Paige (purple), if only by their nail colour.

‘They’re identical, even to us,’ says Karen. ‘We’ve never been able to tell them apart.’

‘I sometimes get inklings about which is which,’ says Ian. ‘But I’m not always right.’

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